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[fel-oh-ship] /ˈfɛl oʊˌʃɪp/
the condition or relation of being a fellow:
the fellowship of humankind.
friendly relationship; companionship:
the fellowship of father and son.
community of interest, feeling, etc.
communion, as between members of the same church.
an association of persons having similar tastes, interests, etc.
a company, guild, or corporation.
  1. the body of fellows in a college or university.
  2. the position or emoluments of a fellow of a college or university, or the sum of money he or she receives.
  3. a foundation for the maintenance of a fellow in a college or university.
verb (used with object), fellowshipped or fellowshiped, fellowshipping or fellowshiping.
to admit to fellowship, especially religious fellowship.
verb (used without object), fellowshipped or fellowshiped, fellowshipping or fellowshiping.
to join in fellowship, especially religious fellowship.
Origin of fellowship
1150-1200; Middle English felaweshipe. See fellow, -ship
2. comradeship, camaraderie, friendship, society, intimacy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for fellowship
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  • Sometimes he speaks of the "bond of brotherhood" and "fellowship."

  • I have an imagination which makes vivid the sense of fellowship.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • But they have risen into fellowship with the higher Gods of Olympus.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • If we walk in the light, not otherwise, we have 'fellowship one with another.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • And blessed are the men whom he calls to fellowship with him, bearing their cross after him with patience.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for fellowship


the state of sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc
a society of people sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc; club
companionship; friendship
the state or relationship of being a fellow
  1. mutual trust and charitableness between Christians
  2. a Church or religious association
  1. a financed research post providing study facilities, privileges, etc, often in return for teaching services
  2. a foundation endowed to support a postgraduate research student
  3. an honorary title carrying certain privileges awarded to a postgraduate student
(often capital) the body of fellows in a college, university, etc
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Word Origin and History for fellowship

c.1200, feolahschipe "companionship," from fellow + -ship. In Middle English it was at times a euphemism for "sexual intercourse" (carnal fellowship).

To fellowship with is to hold communion with; to unite with in doctrine and discipline. This barbarism now appears with disgusting frequency in the reports of ecclesiastical conventions, and in the religious newspapers generally. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fellowship in the Bible

(1.) With God, consisting in the knowledge of his will (Job 22:21; John 17:3); agreement with his designs (Amos 3:2); mutual affection (Rom. 8: 38, 39); enjoyment of his presence (Ps. 4:6); conformity to his image (1 John 2:6; 1:6); and participation of his felicity (1 John 1:3, 4; Eph. 3:14-21). (2.) Of saints with one another, in duties (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:1; 1 Thess. 5:17, 18); in ordinances (Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:46); in grace, love, joy, etc. (Mal. 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:4); mutual interest, spiritual and temporal (Rom. 12:4, 13; Heb. 13:16); in sufferings (Rom. 15:1, 2; Gal. 6:1, 2; Rom. 12:15; and in glory (Rev. 7:9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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